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Sport Rob Manfred just solidified his status as the worst commissioner in sports

13:36  30 july  2020
13:36  30 july  2020 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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You might have noticed over the past six months or so that I’m not a huge Rob Manfred fan. I haven’t been alone in those feelings, though. Not even close. The commissioner of Major League Baseball has made so many terrible decisions during that time that have made just about everyone wonder how he still has his job as the boss of baseball.

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Well, his decision on Wednesday to suspend Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly an astounding eight games for not hitting any batters now solidifies his status as the worst commissioner in sports, which, as I have said before, is saying something because Roger Goodell is still calling the shots for the NFL.

Back before the world hit pause because of the coronavirus, Manfred opted not to punish any of the Houston Astros for their roles in the cheating scandal that helped them win the 2017 World Series. That was a complete slap in the face of all the players and fans of the other teams that didn’t cheat, especially those of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost to the Astros in seven games.

In defending his decision to not strip the franchise of its title, Manfred actually called the World Series trophy a “piece of metal” and didn’t see any reason to take it back. That sure didn’t sit well with players, hearing the head of MLB belittle what they fight so hard for each year and have worked their entire lives just to have the opportunity to lift that trophy.

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It’s not just his baseball articles - his takes on LA sports in general have been asinine but This is truly the worst timeline, next thing Stephen A Smith and Skip Bayless are going to be on the right side of this thing. Next time you think someone is stupid just remember Rob Manfred exists.

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Baseball’s route back to games during a pandemic was a messy one, too, with Manfred and the owners doing just about all they could to paint the players in a bad light of being greedy and not willing to sacrifice enough to return to playing the game during the a global pandemic. It was ugly and nasty and left a sour taste in the mouths of many people.

Baseball, of course, has returned and is playing games but the safety of the players is still very much in doubt, which falls on the hands of Manfred. The Miami Marlins are currently not playing games after an outbreak of COVID-19 hit the team last weekend in Philadelphia. Manfred should have called off last Sunday’s game after four players were pulled because of positive tests but instead he sat on his hands and just let the game go one, which was a stupid and dangerous decision. Manfred later went on MLB Network to explain the MLB’s COVID-19 protocols and it sure felt like the commissioner had no idea what he was doing.

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Then a few days later the Kelly/Astros moment happened in Houston, with the Dodgers reliever throwing at three Houston players in one inning. Kelly didn’t hit any players but he sure tried to… and then he almost started a brawl by mocking the Astros while walking off the field.

For that Kelly got an eight-game ban which he is rightly protesting. That suspension is the equivalent to a 22-game ban in a regular, 162-game season – which is absolutely ridiculous.

The decision was instantly ripped by all fans who don’t root for Houston, as it seemed extremely harsh and utterly baffling. If Manfred had any bit of support left from any fans of the game, that support is now gone, and rightly so.

Houston cheats to win a World Series and no players get punished. A Dodgers pitcher almost hits three Astros players and gets eight games in a 60-game season. That right there is just the cherry on top of a file of awful decisions by a man who obviously is just flying blind at this point.

Baseball deserves much better leadership than it is getting now. The players deserve to have so much better than a man who has clearly taken on way more than he can handle. And the fans deserve to have someone calling the shots who actually still likes the game of baseball.

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Because Rob Manfred, as they say, ain’t it.

Wednesday’s biggest winner: Joe Kelly.

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Dodgers fans haven’t been real happy with Kelly since the team brought him aboard last year. But that all changed in that one half inning on Tuesday night and now he’s a Dodgers legend who also won over the hearts of all non-Astros fans. His teammates are talking about making shirts with Kelly’s petty face on them, he was the talk of the sports world on Wednesday, and now everyone is supporting him and blasting MLB for the eight-game suspension. What a wild time to be Joe Kelly.

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– Patriots DB Patrick Chung correctly shut down any talk about Bill Belichick trying to tank this season.

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– The Edmonton Oilers paid tribute to the late Colby Cave, who died in April at the the age of 25, with a heartbreaking tribute video.

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